FRANKFORT — Saying he hopes to "warm" the grave of Gatewood Galbraith, a Pulaski County man has filed to run for governor as an independent after legally changing his name in honor of the late perennial candidate.
Terrill Wayne Newman, 68, of Eubank had his name legally changed Tuesday in Pulaski District Court to Gatewood Galbraith (Newman). District Judge Jeffrey Scott Lawless approved the name change, the court clerk confirmed.
Wednesday was the deadline for independent candidates to file for office. The only other candidate to file for governor as an independent is Drew Curtis of Versailles, founder of Fark.com. His running mate is his wife, Heather Curtis.
Galbraith (Newman)'s running mate was listed on his candidacy papers as Elisabeth Anderson of Somerset. He said in a telephone interview that she is a retired legal secretary whom he has known for 12 years.
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Independent candidates for governor must get 5,000 signatures of Kentucky registered voters by Aug. 11 to be on the November general election ballot, said Lynn Zellen, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Galbraith (Newman) said he will start trying to get the required signatures this weekend at Keeneland.
"I don't expect to be elected governor of Kentucky, but I sure do hope this warms Gatewood's grave," Galbraith (Newman) said in a phone interview.
Gatewood Galbraith, a Lexington attorney, died Jan. 4, 2012, of pneumonia at age 64. He unsuccessfully ran for governor five times and was a longtime advocate of legalizing hemp and marijuana. He was widely popular for his wit and independent stances.
Galbraith (Newman) ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Lexington and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council in the 1970s and 1980s.
Galbraith (Newman), a social worker who said he has been out of work recently because of health problems, answered the phone by saying "Terry" when reached at his home Wednesday. He later said he plans to go by "Gatewood" from now on.
Galbraith (Newman) said he will run on a bigger platform than just advocating for marijuana.
"I mostly will be talking about the great Gatewood Galbraith," he said.
Galbraith (Newman), a native of Lexington, said in a court affidavit supporting his name change that he "had the pleasure and privilege of being acquainted with Gatewood Galbraith."
He said they first met when they were undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky.
"Gatewood was a known and beloved 'character,' even then," said Galbraith (Newman).
"While not friends per se, our friendship circles crossed in downtown Lexington," he said. "We knew each other on a first-name basis. Gatewood has been in my home and I in his (when he lived in the former YMCA)."
He said Galbraith advised him on several legal matters and that the two had numerous lengthy discussions.
"I was in support of Gatewood's candidacies — not because of his issue, but because he was Gatewood," said Galbraith (Newman).
If the Kentucky legislature and governor ever legalize marijuana, Galbraith (Newman) said, the law should be named after Gatewood Galbraith.
None of Gatewood Galbraith's three daughters could be reached Wednesday for comment.
Dea Riley, a Frankfort marketing professional who was Gatewood Galbraith's running mate in their independent campaign for governor and lieutenant governor in 2011, said via email that "there will only ever be one Gatewood Galbraith."
"To have Gatewood's name and message prostituted, for the sake to garner political office, is a personal affront to me in that I was not only his running mate but equally his friend and confidant," Riley said.
She said she hopes that "Mr. Newman understands he has very big shoes to fill in taking on the name of Gatewood Galbraith. I hope he will honor Gatewood accordingly."
Riley said she thinks Galbraith would be amused. "I can hear him now: 'I'll tell the IRS to send him the tax bill,'" Riley said.